John T. Crutchfield listed as a Top Artist in Richmond Times Dispatch, Sunday July 29th 2012

By: Times-Dispatch Staff | Times-Dispatch
Published: July 29, 2012
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RICHMOND, Va. –A band played outside Artemis Gallery as dusk set on Richmond’s Main Street.

People were standing outside the art opening, but there was one character you

couldn’t miss. John T. Crutchfield was wearing large sunglasses with metallic

stripes across the lenses (he made them himself), a straw hat and a scarf.

Crutchfield, the owner of Artemis Gallery, specializes in metallic art graphics. The lights

in the gallery sparkle on his customized musical instruments with metallic features and

nostalgic images. His work has been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and in Vogue.

He participates in art and music festivals and has applied his art to a $10,000 guitar for musician

Robert Francis, who toured with singer Jason Mraz. Crutchfield’s art also has appeared at

the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York.

Crutchfield started putting customized designs on instruments after a musician gave him a broken guitar.

But his style extends beyond instruments and includes jewelry, clocks, sculptures and more.

Ever since he was 5, art has been a part of his life. His parents wanted him to be a scientist.

“I pretended to be a scientist,” Crutchfield said. “I got out of school and did artwork. Follow your heart.”

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